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Moving or Relocating with HCV

Leaving Home

Whatever in life is taking a person away from home, the decision to move away can be highly stressful. The decision to do this while also managing hepatitis C can be even more intense. It is important for those with HCV to keep stress as low as possible so that the body can function as properly as possible considering the symptoms of hepatitis C and the side effects of medication treatment plans, without being further disrupted by stress. However, anyone who has ever packed up their home knows that a stress-free move is nearly impossible. The focus instead should be on finding ways to minimize the stress and to protect one’s health during the process.

When packing, it is important to allow for a slower packing process if the body needs more time to rest, due to exhaustion or other medication side effects. While the body might have been able to work for 8-12 hours a day before, a body working to rid itself of the virus while also battling to heal and recover from the virus and the side effects of the treatment medications. This may mean that a person needs more time to pack since they need to spend fewer hours each day on the process, they should call in all of the favors owed to them by friends, or that they need to consider the costs of hiring outside help. The decision on which of these to choose may be based on time and finances, but it is important to keep this in mind when making moving plans.

During the packing process, it is important to focus on the risks to the body that may occur. Although some of the packing is based on organization and purging unneeded items, there is also a large aspect of manual labor. This puts the body at risk for dehydration and exhaustion, so it is crucial that breaks be taken in order to drink water and to have healthy snacks and meals. In addition, the process of handling boxes and using scissors and other packing supplies can lead to paper cuts or other injuries. For a person with hepatitis C, it is necessary to prepare for this possibility by having first aid supplies on hand and making sure that there are rubber gloves available for anyone who may need to administer first aid, in order to keep them safe from being exposed to blood infected with hepatitis C.

Finding a New Home

The process of finding a new home can be incredibly stressful, but is a necessary step in any relocation or moving experience. When considering the options available, it can be vital to keep medical costs in mind when deciding the housing budget. Depending on the medical insurance available through employment or privately paid options, it is important to know how much of the hepatitis C treatment protocol and the impact of any lingering effects or medication side effects will be a person’s personal responsibility. Since the medications can be costly and some of the side effects can include serious medical complications, it can be catastrophic to choose a home that must be vacated in order to afford medical costs. For those with significant medical needs, it may also be a valuable consideration to keep in mind the commute times between the local medical facility and the available home locations.

Finding Work

When considering work, whether through an employment transfer or when beginning with an entirely new company, it is important to be aware of the laws regarding medical conditions. For example, a person is not required to disclose any medical information during the interview or hiring process. Although there may be federal, state, or local laws prohibiting a company from refusing employment to someone with an illness, this can be very difficult to prove and thus many believe there is never a reason to disclose this information to the hiring staff at any time. In addition, many employment consultants recommend that no one ever be told about an employee’s medical needs unless there is a need for specific accommodations within the work space or work day. If this is the case, the human resources office would be the proper place to inquire about the company’s process for making such a request. This same office may also be the best place to learn about the office’s health insurance plans and options, which should be consulted before accepting a job offer and should be discussed to ensure full understanding of the choices and to find out and confirm that there are local physicians available for all of one’s hepatitis C needs.1-5

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